Backgrounder: China’s PLA Navy Modernization

The Liaoning PLA NAvy aircraft carrier, cc Flickr Simon Yang, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Beijing has embarked on an ambitious naval modernization program intended to end the preponderance of US-Japan military power in East Asia.

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Brexit Drama Comes Down to the Wire

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With the March 29 deadline looming, Prime Minister May is desperate for a short-term extension to take her twice-defeated deal back to Parliament.

Global Forecast (03-19-2019)


Trump meets his tropical doppelganger in Bolsonaro, a sea change unfolds in Slovak politics, and one of Central Asia’s longest-running leaders suddenly steps down.

Back to the Future: The Security Challenges of Afghan Reconstruction and Development

Former Taliban fighters hand in their guns / GHŌR, Afghanistan (May 28, 2012) – Former Taliban fighters line up to handover their Rifles to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan during a reintegration ceremony at the provincial governor’s compound. The re-integrees formally announced their agreement to join the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program during the ceremony. (Department of Defense photograph by Lt. j. g. Joe Painter/RELEASED) / https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Former_Taliban_fighters_return_arms.jpg

If Afghanistan is to be stabilized and rebuilt, then all foreign and domestic forces are going to have to get on the same page.

Wilayat Khorasan: Past and Present Dynamics in the Af-Pak Region

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Tracing the rise of Islamic States Af-Pak affiliate, Wilayat Khorasan.

Ebola in DRC: Violence and Instability in a Hot Zone

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The Ebola epidemic response is failing in the DRC, and local policing procedures might have something to do with it.

Germany’s Export Dip: Harbinger of an EU Recession?

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The latest economic data out of Germany does not bode well for growth on the Continent. Are we headed for a new European downturn?

Asleep at the Controls: Boeing and the 737 MAX Debacle

737 MAX 8, cc Flickr Liam Allport, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Boeing should have acted on signs that pilots were unaware of crucial systems, and it should have acted months ago.

The Case against Netanyahu Builds ahead of Israel Election

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Bibi is falling back on old tactics as he faces a new challenge to his decade-long rule.

Algeria Protests Putting ‘Pouvoir’ on Notice?

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The Arab Spring may be making a late arrival in Algeria, with possible consequences for regional geopolitics and global energy markets.

Kashmir Conflict (March 9, 2019)

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Zac and Nick discuss the recent flare-up in India and Pakistan's decades-long conflict over Kashmir. Is there a real threat of more military clashes, or was this just political theater for domestic consumption in both countries?

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